Summary of passage: John sees four living creatures honoring and thanking God and when they do, the 24 elders fall down as well and worship him forever and ever, saying God is worthy of worship as the Creator of all things.
10) They are falling down before God, laying their crowns at God’s feet, and worshiping Him, giving Him all the glory, because He is the Creator of all things and it is by His will they even exist. It’s important to note the elders are following the creatures lead.
11) Part personal question. My answer: Worship. We were created to worship and that’s what we will do non-stop in heaven. It’s what we should do here. Everything we do should be worshipful in some way to God. I will try to be more cognizant of this and ask myself if what I’m doing is worshipful or not. If not, then I will not do it.
12) Personal Question. My answer: Needs to be more about Him and not me or others around me. At church it’s easy to look around and see what others are doing. I need to focus more on God. Focus more at home on God. Analyze if what I am doing is worshipful or not. Strive to put more worship in my daily life.
Conclusions: Great application to the passage here. Worship is central to God, who He is, and why we were created. It can get lost in all of our busy-ness. God’s will needs to be done on earth. We each were given a job by God to accomplish here on earth and that needs to be central to our lives. Discovering it and fulfilling it. Along the way, we need to acknowledge it’s Him and praise Him for that. That is our purpose. Period.
End Notes: Four living creatures full of eyes are cherubim (Ezekiel 1:4-14; 10:20-22). The eyes show their intelligence all their job is to worship the Lord. Satan used to be one of these (Ezekiel 28:14).
The 24 elders are either human or angels. Either way they represent man (12 tribes and 12 apostles–all of Israel and all of the Church) or divisions of the priests (1 Chronicles 24). Most scholars think they are human in glory (the white). Believers will be crowned (1 Corinthians 9:25; 2 Timothy 4:8; 1 Peter 5:4). Saints have white robes (Revelation 6:11, 7:9, 13-14). Thus, man is joint heirs with Christ, sitting on lesser thrones in heaven (Romans 8:17, 2 Timothy 2:12).
We see the Lord WORTHY. The 24 elders all wearing crowns symbolizing their authority lay down their crowns, giving God all authority under heaven.
Can you see it? The living creatures are crying out God’s holiness and in response the 24 elders fall down before God and proclaim His infinite glory and worthiness and power. This scene never stops repeating itself.
In days of old, lesser personages would lay down their crowns at the feet of rulers as a sign of submission. In Roman times, the emperor would then give the crowns back to these lesser rulers most likely ones the Romans had conquered as a symbol that their authority comes from Rome. Same symbolism here.
The crowns are the crowns of victory and rewards for deeds (Greek stephanos) like those given at Olympic games, not royalty. The elders are giving their achievements over to God.
Smyrna was promised a crown of life for faithfulness (Revelation 2:10) and Philadelphia was told to hold onto their crown so no one will take it from them (Revelation 3:11).
Spurgeon points out the 24 elders acted as one and says how we all should be unified in our desire for God.
God is worthy because He is the creator of all things and He allows us to exist. King James Version says “for thy pleasure they are and were created.” We were created to please God and for nothing else. We don’t fulfill our purpose here on Earth until we do.
The elders represent us. God is waiting for us. We each have a crown in heaven and a throne in heaven and a song in heaven and a part in giving God all the glory He deserves.